Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Peter Pan and Paper Planes

Lesson of the Day: Introduction to the Great Books unit & Peter Pan
Video of the Day: Clips from the 1953 and 2003 Peter Pan films.

Lesson highlights:
Day 1:
-Students explained as much of the story as they remembered
-Students read an excerpt from chapter 3 of Barrie's "Peter Pan and Wendy," and answered simple comprehension questions
-Students watched the corresponding scene in the 2003 film (it's the one where Wendy sews Peter's shadow back on), and compared the print and film in small group discussions
-Students watched film clips highlighting the most important plot developments, paying special attention to mentions and symbols of time and growing up (big example: the scariest creature in Neverland, the Crocodile, sounds like a ticking clock)

Day 2:
-Complete a listening comprehension worksheet by filling in missing phrases while watching the film
-Finish watching clips central to the plot
-Indulge in alliteration and childish whimsy with Peter Pan Paper Planes!

After two days of talking about the exuberant joys of childhood and Peter's fears about going to school and growing up, students (and, to be honest, me too!) were happy to run around outside in sunny weather with paper airplanes.

All students made creative airplanes, and some flew very far. Here are some pictures from class 1-2:

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